Both ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metals have value in today’s market. Consolidated Resources, Inc., is Arizona’s expert in optimizing industrial waste streams for the industrial and commercial community. Here’s a quick guide to determine if you’re company creates ferrous or non-ferrous scrap metal.
Ferrous & Non-Ferrous Metals
Both non-ferrous and ferrous metals have specific properties which determine the operations they are best used for. One main difference is that non-ferrous metals do not contain iron and ferrous metals do.
Common ferrous metals include:
- alloy steel,
- carbon steel,
- wrought iron, and
- cast iron.
Non-ferrous metals include:
- copper, and
Precious metals like gold and silver are also considered non-ferrous.
We come across both ferrous and non-ferrous metals in our everyday lives.
Whether this be in the cars we drive, the piping in our homes, or tools and appliances we use.
Many ferrous metals tend to be incredibly durable such as steel used in manufacturing industries or cast iron used within stoves and machine tools. Carbon steel is widely used within the construction industry and can be seen used in anything from kitchen knives to buildings and bridges.
Non-ferrous metals are much more malleable than ferrous ones are. Metals such as aluminum and copper can be easily forged. Aluminum is also lightweight and works well with aircrafts as well as small everyday items such as cans and kitchen utensils. Lead is seen in electric power cables as well as in batteries and soldering.
Recycling Ferrous & Non-ferrous Metals
It’s really important to understand the differences between these two metals if you are interested in recycling them. So whether you are in the construction industry, remodeling a home, or are replacing pipes, knowing which metals or electrical parts are recyclable and how they can be recycled is incredibly helpful.
Choose Consolidate Resources for you Ferrous & Non-Ferrous Metal Recycling Needs
Consolidated Resources, Inc. strives to provide the very best industrial metal recycling solutions to businesses in the Phoenix metro area of Arizona.
If your business produces scrap metals, give us a call at (623) 931-5009. We can review your scrap metals, and provide you with a custom recycling program that maximizes the value of your scrap metal. We look forward to discussing your waste stream needs!
Additional Ferrous & Non-Ferrous Metal Information